Only stayed here for one night whilst visitng the area and had hoped to find a romantic getaway we would want to return to but after initial good impressions we left disappointed. We arrived on a horrible wet afternoon to a warm welcome and shown to an attractive room (to be expected for £150 per night). The room was nicely decorated with a huge comfortable bed but was minimalist to the point of being spartan. The bathroom whilst well finished lacks some finishing touches expected in a boutique hotel such as somewhere to place your toiletries and the towels were decidedly small. My husband also remarked that the basin was barely big enough to use for shaving and really only cloakroom proportions. As it was cold the heating had been turned on but the room remained tepid. After being asked if we were warm enough we mentioned that the radiators obviously need some attention to be told they would be checked tomorrow - no help at all to us staying one just night! The bed was extremely comfortable and fortunately had a lovely warm quilt. One other thing we noticed was that the roman blinds don't quite fit the windows and come well short of the sills. When will english hoteliers realise that a 'Boutique Hotel' should mean special not just small.
The other part of my review realates to the restaurant.We had pre booked to eat in the hotel without realising that the menu was so limited with only seafood mainly served with pasta. A problem if you have a shellfish allergy and don't eat pasta like me. We both ordered fish mains and found them very poor value at £14.95 my tiny Bream fillet came served with just potatoes and my husbands Sea bass with a tastless risotto. The desserts were tasty but nothing special.
Bishops did redeem itself with a fabulous breakfast. A really well cooked full english alongside. cereal, warm croissants a fruit platter and yoghurts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bishops, once the home of the Wordsworths (Bishops of Salisbury), stands on the edge of the Cove and is sheltered by Bindon Hill. Originally two cottages and dates back to 1650’s one of the oldest buildings in the village, the extensions and additions have been made with care and the building is one of the architectural features of Lulworth. The gardens overlook the beautiful Lulworth Cove and there is a large swimming pool for our guests. Bishops is on the cliff top of the world heritage Jurassic coastline at Lulworth Cove and the famous Durdle Door. Close by the stunning Studland Bay and shores of Sandbanks and Poole harbour. The countryside is ideally placed for exploring Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, The Isle of Purbeck, Corfe Castle, Swanage and Wareham a Saxon town. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bishops West Lulworth, Dorset